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Bolts Breakdown - February 17

Tuesday, 02.17.2009 / 6:18 PM / Bolts Report
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Bolts Breakdown - February 17

This Week’s Schedule:

Tuesday, February 17, 2009
10:30 a.m. pre-game skate (St. Pete Times Forum)
7:30 p.m. game vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Noon practice (St. Pete Times Forum)

Thursday, February 19, 2009
10:30 a.m. pre-game skate (St. Pete Times Forum)
7:30 p.m. game vs. New Jersey Devils

Friday, February 20, 2009
11:30 a.m. pre-game skate (RBC Center, Raleigh NC)
7 p.m. game @ Carolina Hurricanes

Saturday, February 21, 2009
Noon practice (St. Pete Times Forum)

Sunday, February 22, 2009
9:30 a.m. pre-game skate (St. Pete Times Forum)
5 p.m. game vs. Boston Bruins

Monday, February 23, 2009

11 a.m. practice (St. Pete Times Forum)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009
1:30 p.m. pre-game skate (Rexall Place, Edmonton)
9 p.m. game @ Edmonton Oilers

*All times EST and subject to change.


Lightning at a Glance:

Overall Record: 19-26-11
Division Rank: 4th
Conference Rank: 13th
Streak: Tampa Bay is 2-2-0 in their previous four home games.
Last 5: 2-2-1
Last 10: 4-5-1



Injury Update:

Jamie Heward - Out Indefinitely (Concussion)
Olaf Kolzig - IR (Upper Body)
Mike Smith - IR (Post Concussion Syndrome)
Andrej Meszaros – IR (Upper Body)
Paul Ranger – IR (Upper Body)
Marek Malik - Day-to-Day (Lower Body)


Recent Transactions:

2/17 – Recalled D Ty Wishart from Norfolk (AHL) on an emergency basis
2/13 – Reassigned C Paul Szczechura to Norfolk (AHL)
2/10 – Recalled D Josef Melichar from Norfolk (AHL) and assigned LW Wade Brookbank to Norfolk (AHL)
2/3 – Signed G Mike McKenna; Recalled G Karri Ramo from Norfolk (AHL) and reassigned G Riku Helenius
1/29 – Reassigned G Karri Ramo to Norfolk (AHL) and recalled G Riku Helenius


Notables:

Tampa Bay is 12-10-2 since December 23.

Steven Stamkos has four goals, 10 points and a plus-5 rating in his previous 22 games after recording three goals, 12 points and a minus-12 rating in his first 31.

Evgeny Artyukhin ranks eighth in the NHL in hits with 172.

Vincent Lecavalier needs two goals to reach 300 in his career.

Martin St. Louis needs five games played to reach 600 with Tampa Bay.



This Week’s Games:

2/17 vs. the Chicago Blackhawks (31-15-8)

This is the only meeting between Tampa Bay and Chicago this season.

Tampa Bay has a 2-1-0 record in the previous three meetings overall and a 1-0-2 record in the previous three at home.

The Blackhawks have not played at the St. Pete Times Forum since December 2, 2005, a 3-2 Lightning win. The ‘Hawks have played at the St. Pete Times Forum just once in the previous four seasons.

Chicago won the only meeting last season, 5-1, at the United Center on November 28, 2007. Patrick Kane recorded three assists and Martin Havlat had two goals in the game.


2/19 vs. the New Jersey Devils (37-17-3)

This is the third of four meetings between the Lightning and Devils this season with Tampa Bay posting an 0-1-1 record against New Jersey.

Vincent Lecavalier has four goals and seven points in his previous six games against the Devils while Martin St. Louis has two goals and seven points.

Tampa Bay has converted on five of 20 power-play chances (25.0%) against New Jersey dating back to last season.

The Devils’ Dainius Zubrus has four goals and six points in two games against the Lightning this season.


2/20 @ the Carolina Hurricanes (28-24-5)


This is the fifth of sixth meetings between the Lightning and Hurricanes this season, the last at the RBC Center.

The Lightning have an 0-1-1 record in Raleigh this season and an 0-2-2 record overall against Carolina.

Tampa Bay has outscored the ‘Canes 6-2 in the first period this season.
Former Hurricane Mark Recchi has two goals and four points in four games against them this season.

Vincent Lecavalier has eight goals and 16 points in his previous 12 games against Carolina.
Steven Eminger has recorded 12 of his 22 points this season against the Southeast Division in 16 less games.


2/22 vs. the Boston Bruins (39-10-8)


This is the third of four meetings between Tampa Bay and Boston this season, the final one at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Vincent Lecavalier has four goals and seven points in his previous six games against the Bruins.
Lecavalier has 18 goals and 43 points in 38 career games against the Bruins.

Boston’s Phil Kessel has three goals and four points against the Lightning this season.

Karri Ramo and Mike McKenna have never played against Boston.


2/14 @ the Edmonton Oilers (29-23-4)

This is the only meeting between the Lightning and Oilers this season.

Tampa Bay has won four consecutive games against Edmonton dating back to the 2002-03 season, including two in a row at Rexall Place.

The Lightning won the only meeting last season, 4-3, at the St. Pete Times Forum with Martin St. Louis recorded a goal and three points.

Tampa Bay has outscored the Oilers 6-3 in the previous two games in Edmonton.

Ryan Malone has two goals in three career games against the Oilers.